KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In a surprising move, Tennessee landed a 2017 tight end commit late Sunday evening.
Orlando (Fla.) native James Brown chose the Volunteers over offers from Marshall, Florida International, Massachusetts, Florida A&M and Gardner-Webb.
Brown confirmed the news to SEC Country on Monday morning. He is the second tight end commit for the Volunteers, going 3-star Mississippi prospect Chase Rodgers.
The 6-foot-4, 218-pound prospect moved from quarterback to tight end at Jones High this season, earning an offer from Tennessee on Sunday morning.
— James Brown (@Fieldgeneral17) October 31, 2016
Less than a day later, Brown became the 26th pledge in the Volunteers 2017 class.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Brown was offered by Tennessee running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Robert Gillespie.
“He said they were looking for a tight end who was mobile, who was kind of a smaller guy, who could block around the perimeter, but one who was fast. he said I met that role perfectly.
In a 41-13 win on Friday night, the recently-converted tight end caught a pair of touchdown passes.
For the year, Brown has 10 total touchdowns, per the Sentinel. He has hauled in 11 receptions for 201 yards and 4 scores. Adding, 3 touchdowns on the ground and 3 passing scores, too.